MotoGP » Elena Rosell to become first female Moto2 rider


Spanish racer Elena Rosell joins Aspar Suter to become the first woman to ride in a grand prix world championship event since 2003.

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the kenlucky kid - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 8:41 PM

She generally runs 2-4 seconds slower than the top riders, which is darn fast,but this in GP this is a huge HUGE time difference. To put things in perspective.

Lets look at the results this year in Jerez, a track she obviously knows well....

Pole for moto stock extreme (1000cc) in 2011. 1:41.618
Moto2 pole position 1:42.706

If Rossel were allowed to race her Kawa ZX ground missle in motogp, she would qualify 31 (1:45.068).

Of course we know that is not possible, adding that she hardly knows assen as well as jerez and let alone the bike for comparision sake, lets assume the BEST situation and that she could ride the the aprox one second slower moto2 bike... that would put her on the Jerez moto2 grid...

The result would be 38th on the grid on 13th row, essentially the last row.... GP is GP.

the kenlucky kid - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 8:49 PM

In sum, I am confident that Elena will qualify (baring a crash), but in all liklyhoold in last row- I would be surprised, if not shocked that she would qualify better than last row

However, she does not know the track, she is riding an unfamiliar bike and class and it is possible that she would be unable to qualify - after all there are no quotas or special treatment to "minorities" in GP (yet)

Of course, it is not a put down, but rather a reality of things - after all just qualifying for a GP event is a great feat for for any rider as far as i am concered.

kirk66 - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 4:52 PM

Sorry for not loggin in- In AMA Supersport there is a 18 yo female named Elena Myres. This young race winning up and coming star is being tutored by Kevin Schwantz, rides an Ulrich M4 Suzuki and has skillz that most guys don't have. When she gets two more years of strength training for her upper body she should easily be able to compete for Championships in the M2 level. By 21yo someone will have her on the M2 grid full time.
I hope this Elena -topic story- does well while in the M2 series. I kind of like when the chicks give the guys a run on the track. Keeps them humble.

the kenlucky kid - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 2:05 AM

Well, at the end she crashed out, but was fine. The team was "working" on the bike to get it ready, but Elena looked like she was not going to ride..as she was not even getting ready. When Qualifying started, the bike had just about everthing, except gas tank, wheels and body work... and yet they were "unable" to finish the bike??? BS! A good excuse though. Why bother not being close to qualifying...

However, she will ride in Italy...we shall see...Odds are that she wont qualify, but again i am overly optimistic and I think she may - in last row of course. GP IS GP and not a superstock national. Anybody thinks Elena Myers can do well in GP is delusional. Have her race in Spain for a season (only 6 races) and a few regional ones (like the valencian/catalan championship which are pretty competitive). If she can manage solid top 5 and podium half the time, she should be able to finish in the 25th or so in (first year) GP.

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